Beautiful Mono County sits along Hwy 395 on the East side of the Sierra Nevada’s in California. With terrain ranging from high desert to snow capped mountains, you’ll be sure to find exactly what you and your crew need. Mono County is magnificently situated in a remote and private area of California… but don’t you worry, it’s easy to get here! Just a few hours from both San Francisco and Los Angeles respectively, you can feel like your in a whole new world after just a short drive. Don’t want to drive? Year round flights from LAX to Mammoth-Yosemite Airport can transport you and your crew to and from location in a snap. No hassle, no worry and no driving!
Communities of Mono County
Walker & Coleville are the northern most communities of Mono County. With a total population of 1,216 people between the two communities and a wide variety of amenities to choose from, it is a wonderful location for your next production. With just over 32 square miles of land that sits at between 5,100 – 5,400 feet in elevation, Walker and Coleville have that perfect mountain-town charm.
Bridgeport is the County seat and one of the oldest established communities in Mono County. With a population of 575 people sitting at an elevation of 6,463, Bridgeport is home to a handful of wonderful restaurants, hotels and historical sites. It is also the closest town to Bodie State Historical Park and the surrounding areas.
Lee Vining is home to the East Entrance to Yosemite and Mono Lake. With charm and uniqueness like none other, you will have plenty to do while staying at one of the adorable motels or hotels and enjoying the shops and natural wonders that surround this lovely community. With a population of 222 and an elevation of 6,781, this community is ready for you and your crew to visit!
June Lake is one of the most breathtaking mountain-towns you may ever see. With four gorgeous lakes situated along the Hwy 158 loop- Grant Lake, Silver Lake, Gull Lake and June Lake- at sitting at an elevation of 7,654 feet, the June Lake loop is truly one-of-a-kind. June Lake’s current population is 629 friendly folks who look forward to your production.
Mammoth Lakes is the only incorporated town of Mono County and is the biggest, with a population of 8,234. Sitting at 7,880 feet in elevation, Mammoth Lakes has the perfect summer and winter seasons, perfect for your next film project in Mono County. With many dining and lodging establishments to choose from, Mammoth Lakes will make your stay a fun and enjoyable.
Crowley Lake & the Tri-Valley Area has a combined population of 2,402 and makes up the Southern most part of Mono County. With world famous fishing in Crowley Lake, breathtaking scenery in McGee Creek and Convict Lake and several natural hot springs in the Benton area, the variety of landscapes to choose from for your next project is impressive.
All of these communities makes up our wonderful County of Mono that spans along the scenic Hwy 395 and runs along the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. With a total population of 14,202 people who eagerly anticipate and look forward to your production in the Eastern Sierras.
Want to fly to Mono County? We’ve got you covered!
For more information on flights, visit our directions webpage on our MonoCounty.org tourism website. There you’ll find the current flights schedule to and from the Mammoth-Yosemite Airport, as well as additional information on private flights to the Bridgeport-Bryant Airfield and the Lee Vining Airfield.
Driving? Need the most direct route? No problem!
From Los Angeles: Take the 405 freeway North to the 5 freeway, to Highway 14 North, then to Highway 395 North. Driving from Southern California will take anywhere from 5-8 hours depending on your destination within Mono County and your starting point.
From San Diego/Orange County: Take the 15 freeway North to Highway 395 North. Driving from the San Diego area will take approximately 7.5-9 hours and from the Orange County area will take approximately 6-8 hours, again depending on your destination within Mono County.
From Reno/ Lake Tahoe: Take Highway 395 South. Depending on your destination within Mono County, the drive will take approximately 1.5-3 hours.
From Northern California / Bay Area: Driving from the San Francisco/ Sacramento areas will take anywhere from 5-7 hours depending on your destination within Mono County and your starting point. Your route can be weather dependent, as there are three major mountain passes which intersect US 395 from the West: Tioga Pass (CA-120) through Yosemite National Park; Sonora Pass (CA-108) from Sonora; and Monitor Pass (CA-89) from Markleeville. These Sierra Nevada passes often are closed from November through May, due to heavy winter snow. Always confirm these mountain passes to be open when travelling across the Sierra during these times by calling 1.800.427.7623 or by visiting the CalTrans website.
History of Filming in Mono County
There have been a variety of commercials, films, TV shows and series and many other independent projects in Mono County. Below is a sample list of just some of the productions that have come through Mono County;
- Oblivion (2012)
- XXX (2002)
- The Scorpion King (2002)
- The Last Place On Earth (2002)
- Star Trek IX: Insurrection (1998)
- The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
- True Grit (1969)
- Rose Marie (1954)
Mammoth Mountain Ski Area
- Aspen Extreme (1993)
- Big Girls Don’t Cry… They Get Even (1991)
- For the Boys (1991)
- Sweet Poison (1991)
- Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
- Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
- The Night Train to Kathmandu (1988)
- Cry Wilderness (1986)
- First Monday in October (1981)
- Nevada Smith (1966)
- North to Alaska (1960)
Lodging & Amenity Information
For a list of lodging and other amenities for your stay here in Mono County, visit our Mono County Tourism Website for all the necessary information.